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The Chanukah story lights the way to ideas of energy conservation and sustainability
BY Melissa Gerr
November 21, 2013

A beautiful thing about many Jewish laws is that they are open to interpretation. Evolving analysis helps transform a seemingly obsolete idea into a concept that is relevant and applicable to contemporary issues. Bal tashchit is one of those laws. Its original form commands to “not destroy with wanton abandon” (particularly geared to war time), CONTINUE »

BY Melissa Gerr
November 20, 2013

Delegate Jon S. Cardin will introduce the first legislation in the Maryland history that will address campus security for victims of sexual assault. If approved, the legislation would require state colleges and universities to report all incidences of sexual assault on their campuses and to provide services for victims. The legislation also calls for confidential CONTINUE »

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Health-care changes offer mixed bag for Marylanders
BY Heather Norris and Marc Shapiro
November 20, 2013

For 73,000 Marylanders, the launching of the Affordable Care Act has brought with it a mix of excitement and trepidation. According to Maryland Health Care Administration statistics, that is the number of people who will lose their current insurance plans due to new federal requirements for comprehensive coverage. However, the Obama administration says their plans CONTINUE »

BJC outlines budgetary priorities
BY Marc Shapiro
November 20, 2013

The Baltimore Jewish Council met with Gov. Martin O’Malley earlier this month to discuss budgetary and policy priorities. “We left feeling very positive from that meeting,” said Cailey Locklair, the BJC’s director of government relations. She discussed the group’s requests for FY2015 at a board meeting on Thursday, Nov. 14. The BJC asked for $60,000 CONTINUE »

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BY Marc Shapiro
November 20, 2013

Pikesville teacher Ralph Jaffe says he’s not a politician. In fact, the main goal of his 2014 bid for governor isn’t to get elected. “Changing the corrupt system is the goal,” Jaffe said. “But if elected, I will serve. Free, of course.” Jaffe’s goal is to replace money in politics “with ethics,” he said. He CONTINUE »